Writing Courses in London

Learn to write stories, articles and poetry in the same college where big names in literature such as Dylan Thomas, Andrea Levy and Malorie Blackman have trained or taught. Our short writing courses take place in the evenings, daytimes and at weekends, and are suitable for all levels - whether you're just starting out or ready to publish your first book. All our writing courses are taught by practicing writers.

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  1. Ways into screenwriting: an introduction

    Ways into screenwriting: an introduction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 25 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to write scripts but don't know how to start? Discover the basics of screenwriting - character, conflict and more - on a course that's designed to help you shape your ideas and get your story going.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  2. Write a short story in a weekend

    Write a short story in a weekend

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 25 Jan 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Turn your great idea into a short story on this fun practical course. Through a series of inspiring exercises, you'll be introduced to some key fiction writing techniques and encouraged to draft a short story from beginning to end in two days. Suitable for beginners who are comfortable learning at a fast pace.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  3. Pitching your screenplay treatment

    Pitching your screenplay treatment

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 1 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You've worked hard on a screenplay but how do you sell it? This one-day intensive course, led by an Emmy award-winning Producer, identifies tools you can select to create a compelling Pitch Treatment.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  4. The art of the dissertation

    The art of the dissertation

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 1 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you approaching your dissertation year at undergraduate level? On this day workshop you will receive expert guidance on how to structure and write your dissertation project to a high academic standard.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  5. The art of writing the personal essay

    The art of writing the personal essay

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 2 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Follow in the footsteps of Dorothy Parker, George Orwell and Zadie Smith with this taster course on the personal essay, a continuously thriving genre of autobiographical writing.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  6. Writing for children: a taster

    Writing for children: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 2 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your ideas for children's stories in a practical interactive session. Topics will include plot, characterisation and viewpoint, and how to approach the children's publishing industry today.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  7. Writing funny fiction

    Writing funny fiction

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 6 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    Humour is an incredible vehicle for connection, promoting empathy and raising questions that may otherwise be hard to handle. Writers as diverse as Saki, PG Wodehouse, Shakespeare, and Lorrie Moore understand this. But what does it really mean to write funny fiction and what are the techniques writers use? Learn how to harness the power of humour in your fiction in this fun, supportive workshop.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  8. A taste of poetry

    A taste of poetry

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 7 Feb 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This short, fun taster course is the perfect starting point for students who are writing for the first time or new to the poetry path. Join us for two evenings of thought-provoking writing exercises and poetry theory for beginners.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. Writing a rom com

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 8 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Romantic comedies have been warming the hearts of cinema-goers for years. In this fun one-day course you'll learn the conventions of the genre and how to write a script that combines love and laughter to great effect. Suitable for those with some experience of creative writing.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  10. Writing haiku poetry

    Writing haiku poetry

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 8 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to write haikus that resonate, move and entertain on this fun day workshop.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. Copywriting: a taster

    Copywriting: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 9 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Good copywriting skills are increasingly important, whether you want to write your own website or your company’s sales literature, or hope to work in advertising or marketing. We'll cover the core elements of copywriting using examples and practical exercises.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  12. Developing your blogging

    Developing your blogging

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 14 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Already started a blog and want to know how to craft more engaging blog posts? This fun but informative workshop teaches the essential skills required to craft blogposts that will resonate with your audience.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  13. Writing sonnets

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 15 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Or would that be a bit cliché? Explore new avenues with this old form in our inspiring day workshop designed to help students push their sonnet writing beyond the traditional lines set by Shakespeare and Petrarch.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. Writing about food: a taster

    Writing about food: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 16 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Love food and want to write about it? There’s never been a better time with so much happening in the world of food - from street food markets and pop-up restaurants to 24-hour fine dining and gourmet takeaways. Explore the opportunities in print and online, including blogs.

    Improve your photographs of food on this related course – Food and drink photography for bloggers

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    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  15. Craft focus: dialogue in fiction

    Craft focus: dialogue in fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 16 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Show rather than tell through quality dialogue. This one-day course will explore ways to develop that all-important ‘ear for dialogue’ through writing exercises and analysis of proven techniques.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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